Icons (TV series)

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Icons
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Icons logo
Genre Documentary
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 88
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Release
Original channel G4
Original release May 1, 2002 – March 4, 2007
External links
Website

Icons was a documentary TV show that aired on G4 from May 1, 2002 to March 4, 2007. It originally focused on significant people, companies, products, history, and milestones in the world of video games.

On May 10, 2006, it was announced that Icons was relaunching on June 3 with an episode focusing on J.J. Abrams.[1] The relaunch was an attempt to feature a broader scope on things and people that "men 18–34 care about, admire and emulate." Recent episodes about George A. Romero, Frank Miller and the history of the King Kong franchise had aired prior to the announcement. The final season focused on pop culture subjects such as Marc Ecko, The Onion, and Family Guy. The classic video game themed episodes continued to air on the network sporadically until 2008, under the new name of Game Makers, unrelated to the G4 series of the same name.

Episodes from Icons[edit]

Season one[edit]

# Title Production Code Content U.S. air date Ref.
1 "Oddworld" 101 Oddworld Inhabitants May 1, 2002 [2]
2 "Nolan Bushnell" 102 Nolan Bushnell May 1, 2002 [3]
3 "Pac-Man" 103 Pac-Man May 6, 2002 [4]
4 "Lara Croft" 104 Lara Croft May 19, 2002 [5]
5 "Activision" 105 Activision June 9, 2002 [6]
6 "Miyamoto" 106 Shigeru Miyamoto June 16, 2002 [7]
7 "EverQuest" 107 EverQuest July 7, 2002 [8]
8 "Bioware" 108 BioWare July 28, 2002 [9]
9 "Will Wright" 109 Will Wright August 18, 2002 [10]
10 "Women in Gaming" 110 women video game company CEOs September 1, 2002 [11]
11 "Insomniac Games" 111 Insomniac Games September 22, 2002 [12]
12 "Sid Meier" 112 Sid Meier October 6, 2002 [13]
13 "Scary Games" 113 horror games October 27, 2002 [14]
14 "Richard Garriott" 114 Richard Garriott November 10, 2002 [15]
15 "Bruce Shelley" 115 Bruce Shelley November 24, 2002 [16]
16 "John Madden NFL Football" 116 Madden NFL December 15, 2002 [17]
17 "Splinter Cell" 117 Stealth games December 18, 2002 [18]
18 "Lord of the Rings" 118 The Lord of the Rings (Vivendi Universal) December 23, 2002 [19]

Season two[edit]

# Title Production Code Content U.S. air date Ref.
1 "Atari" 201 Atari January 19, 2003 [20]
2 "Game Music" 202 video game musicians February 2, 2003 [21]
3 "Unreal" 203 Unreal February 16, 2003 [22]
4 "Yu Suzuki" 204 Yu Suzuki March 2, 2003 [23]
5 "Intellivision" 205 Intellivision March 23, 2003 [24]
6 "The Legend of Zelda" 206 The Legend of Zelda series March 27, 2003 [25]
7 "Xbox" 207 Xbox April 10, 2003 [26]
8 "Arcade" 208 Video arcades April 28, 2003 [27]
9 "The History of E3" 209 History of E3 May 22, 2003 [28]
10 "LucasArts" 210 LucasArts June 5, 2003 [29]
11 "Red Storm" 211 Red Storm Entertainment June 12, 2003 [30]
12 "Warren Spector" 212 Warren Spector June 19, 2003 [31]
13 "PC Gaming" 213 Personal computer gaming July 10, 2003 [32]
14 "The Crash" 214 Video game crash of 1983 July 24, 2003 [33]
15 "Games in the Military" 215 Military simulation August 7, 2003 [34]
16 "Naughty Dog" 216 Naughty Dog September 25, 2003 [35]
17 "Mario" 217 Mario August 21, 2003 [36]
18 "218" 218 Onimusha Halloween '03 October 16, 2003 [37]
19 "Mega Man" 219 Mega Man series November 20, 2003 [38]
20 "Yuji Naka" 220 Yuji Naka December 11, 2003 [39]
21 "Final Fantasy" 221 Final Fantasy January 15, 2004 [40]
22 "Dungeons and Dragons" 222 Dungeons & Dragons January 29, 2004 [41]

Season three[edit]

# Title Production Code Content U.S. air date Ref.
1 "Music Games" 301 Music games February 12, 2004 [42]
2 "Dreamcast" 302 Dreamcast March 11, 2004 [43]
3 "ESRB" 303 ESRB March 25, 2004 [44]
4 "Peter Molyneux" 304 Peter Molyneux April 8, 2004 [45]
5 "Tetris" 305 Tetris April 22, 2004 [46]
6 "Electronic Arts" 306 Electronic Arts May 6, 2004 [47]
7 "Game Boy" 307 Game Boy June 10, 2004 [48]
8 "Donkey Kong" 308 Donkey Kong June 24, 2004 [49]
9 "Nobuo Uematsu" 309 Nobuo Uematsu July 8, 2004 [50]
10 "The DOOM Franchise" 310 Doom July 22, 2004 [51]
11 "Dead or Alive" 311 Dead or Alive August 5, 2004 [52]
12 "SNK" 312 SNK Playmore August 19, 2004 [53]
13 "Mortal Kombat" 313 Mortal Kombat September 2, 2004 [54]
14 "Prince of Persia" 314 Prince of Persia September 30, 2004 [55]
15 "Mark Cuban" 315 Mark Cuban October 14, 2004 [56]
16 "Metal Gear Solid" 316 Metal Gear series October 28, 2004 [57]
17 "Half-Life" 317 Half-Life November 16, 2004 [58]
18 "Bungie" 318 Bungie December 9, 2004 [59]
19 "Apple II" 319 Apple II January 6, 2005 [60]
20 "Fighting Games" 320 fighting games January 20, 2005 [61]

Season four[edit]

# Title Production Code Content U.S. air date Ref.
1 "Gran Turismo" 5001 Gran Turismo February 3, 2005 [62]
2 "Splinter Cell" 5002 Splinter Cell March 3, 2005 [63]
3 "Frank Miller" 5003 Frank Miller March 31, 2005 [64]
4 "5004" 5004 Tim Schafer April 28, 2005 [65]
5 "Star Wars Games" 5005 Star Wars video games May 12, 2005 [66]
6 "Ralph Baer" 5006 Ralph Baer June 9, 2005 [67]
7 "PlayStation" 5007 PlayStation September 8, 2005 [68]
8 "George A. Romero" 5008 George A. Romero October 31, 2005 [69]
9 "Xbox 360" 5009 Xbox 360 December 4, 2005 [70]
10 "NES" 5010 Nintendo Entertainment System December 1, 2005 [71]
11 "King Kong" 5011 King Kong December 12, 2005 [72]

Season five[edit]

# Title[73] Production Code[73] Content U.S. air date Ref.
1 "ICONS: J.J. Abrams" 6001 J.J. Abrams June 3, 2006 [74]
2 "ICONS: Suicide Girls" 6002 SuicideGirls June 10, 2006
July 1, 2006 (uncut version)
[75][76]
3 "ICONS: Marc Ecko" 6003 Marc Ecko June 17, 2006 [77]
4 "ICONS: Michelle Rodriguez" 6004 Michelle Rodríguez June 24, 2006 [78]
5 "ICONS: Kevin Smith" 6005 Kevin Smith July 15, 2006 [79]
6 "ICONS: Jamie Kennedy" 6006 Jamie Kennedy July 22, 2006 [80]
7 "ICONS: Shepard Fairey" 6007 Shepard Fairey August 12, 2006 [81]
8 "ICONS: Seth Green" 6008 Seth Green August 19, 2006 [82]
9 "ICONS: Lollapalooza" 6009 Lollapalooza August 26, 2006 [83]
10 "ICONS: The Onion" 6010 The Onion September 2, 2006 [84]
11 "ICONS: British Music Invasion" 6011 British rock (focus on indie bands
Oceansize and Nine Black Alps)
September 24, 2006 [85]
12 "ICONS: Chuck 'The Ice Man' Liddell" 6012 Chuck Liddell December 17, 2006 [86]
13 "ICONS: Sacha Baron Cohen" 6013 Sacha Baron Cohen November 3, 2006 [87]
14 "ICONS: Tom 'Tsquared' Taylor" 6014 TSquared December 10, 2006 [88]
15 "ICONS: Tony 'Mad Dog' Alva" 6015 Tony Alva December 24, 2006 [89]
16 "ICONS: Frank Miller" 6017 Frank Miller March 4, 2007 [90]

Specially released episodes[edit]

At least seven of these episodes were put onto versions of the games they were about.

  • Episode 112, "Sid Meier,"was put in the game of the year edition of Civilization IV.
  • Episode 116, "John Madden NFL Football," was featured as part of the Madden 2005: Collector's Edition for PlayStation 2.
  • Episode 117, "Splinter Cell," was featured on the Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory collectors disc for the PlayStation 2.
  • Episode 219, "Mega Man," was featured on the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox versions of Mega Man Anniversary Collection (Though some of the content featured in the original episode that was unrelated to Mega Man or Capcom was removed).
  • Episode 310, "The DOOM Franchise," was featured on the Doom 3 Collector's Edition for Xbox
  • Episode 311, "Dead or Alive", was included as an unlockable movie in Dead or Alive Ultimate.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "G4's ICONS Relaunches June 3 With New Focus: The Emperors of Cool". G4. PR Newswire. May 9, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Oddworld; L. Lanning". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Nolan Bushnell". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Pac-Man". G4TV.cpm. Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. 
  5. ^ "Lara Croft". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. 
  6. ^ "Activision". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Miyamoto". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-12-29. 
  8. ^ "EverQuest". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. 
  9. ^ "Bioware". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Will Wright". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-12-01. 
  11. ^ "Women in Gaming". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  12. ^ "Insomniac Games". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-03. 
  13. ^ "Sid Meier". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  14. ^ "Scary Games". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  15. ^ "Richard Garriott". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  16. ^ "Bruce Shelley". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  17. ^ "John Madden NFL Football". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-10-13. 
  18. ^ "Splinter Cell". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-11-18. 
  19. ^ "Lord of the Rings". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  20. ^ "Atari". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-10-20. 
  21. ^ "Game Music". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. 
  22. ^ "Unreal". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-12-07. 
  23. ^ "Yu Suzuki". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-11-18. 
  24. ^ "Intellivision". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  25. ^ "The Legend of Zelda". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-07. 
  26. ^ "Xbox". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  27. ^ "Arcade". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-11-30. 
  28. ^ "The History of E3". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2004-12-05. 
  29. ^ "LucasArts". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  30. ^ "Red Storm". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  31. ^ "Warren Spector". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  32. ^ "PC Gaming". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  33. ^ "The Crash". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-08-31. 
  34. ^ "Games in the Military". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  35. ^ "Naughty Dog". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-08-29. 
  36. ^ "Mario". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-08-31. 
  37. ^ "Onimusha Halloween". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-12-02. 
  38. ^ "Mega Man". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  39. ^ "Yuji Naka". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  40. ^ "Final Fantasy". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  41. ^ "Dungeons and Dragons". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  42. ^ "Music Games". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  43. ^ "Sega Dreamcast". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2007-07-30. 
  44. ^ "ESRB". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  45. ^ "Peter Molyneux". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-04-06. 
  46. ^ "Tetros". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-11. 
  47. ^ "Electronic Arts". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  48. ^ "Game Boy". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  49. ^ "Donkey Kong". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  50. ^ "Nobuo Uematsu". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  51. ^ "The Doom Franchise". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  52. ^ "Dead or Alive". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  53. ^ "SNK". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-12-24. 
  54. ^ "Mortal Kombat". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  55. ^ "Prince of Persia". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  56. ^ "Mark Cuban". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-07. 
  57. ^ "Metal Gear Solid". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  58. ^ "Half-Life". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  59. ^ "Bungie". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  60. ^ "Apple II". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  61. ^ "Fighting Games". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  62. ^ "Gran Turismo". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-07. 
  63. ^ "Splinter Cell". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. 
  64. ^ "Frank Miller". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-12-24. 
  65. ^ "Tim Schafer". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-11-08. 
  66. ^ "Star Wars Games". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. 
  67. ^ "Ralph Baer". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2005-12-21. 
  68. ^ "PlayStation". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. 
  69. ^ "George A. Romero". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. 
  70. ^ "Xbox 360". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. 
  71. ^ "NES". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-01-16. 
  72. ^ "King Kong". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. 
  73. ^ a b Icons Episode Guide. G4. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  74. ^ "JJ Abrams". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-06-18. 
  75. ^ "Suicide Girls". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. 
  76. ^ "Suicide Girls Uncut". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-07-03. 
  77. ^ "Marc Ecko". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-06-18. 
  78. ^ "Michelle Rodriquez". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-07-10. 
  79. ^ "Kevin Smith". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  80. ^ "Jamie Kennedy". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-16. 
  81. ^ "Shepard Fairey". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  82. ^ "Seth Green". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  83. ^ "Lollapalooza". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  84. ^ "The Onion". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. 
  85. ^ "British Music Invasion". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-16. 
  86. ^ "Chuck 'The Ice Man' Liddell". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. 
  87. ^ "Sacha Baron Cohen". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2007-07-30. 
  88. ^ "Tom 'Tsquared' Taylor". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2007-03-21. 
  89. ^ "Tony 'Mad Dog' Alva". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2007-07-30. 
  90. ^ "Frank Miller". G4TV.com. Archived from the original on 2007-06-02. 

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